Oh, and thanks for the British East India bit... I had forgotten the most important part of the name, no?
I don't know about most important, but it makes it clear where it came from.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Recall that the Dutch were also building a trading empire in Asia.
I wonder, did they trade in sake and other Asian delights, bringing them to the Isles with them?
Some Asian delights yes, but not sake. I can think of 2 reasons right off the bat
1) Sake does not travel well when we're talking of months and months of ship board travel
2) After various tangles and dealings with the Spanish and Portuguese and the first introduction of Christianity in Japan amoung other things, the Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu established the policy of Sakoku
in which the country was closed off from any outside dealings with any country except China and Holland, and even that was to a very limited degree.
It you don't stop me, I will continue to go on about Japan.. Beware!
edited for bad quoting "Bad quote, no biscuit"